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Birmingham, Ladywood
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Birmingham's inner city seat regularly has to expand its boundaries as depopulation saps the residential communities of the centre city, but in spite of an aberrant flirtation with the rather eccentric Liberalism of Wallace Lawler in the very late 1960s the Ladywood seat has been massively Labour and is now utterly safe for Clare Short. It is hard to imagine that this constituency once, in 1924, saw a contest between Neville Chamberlain and Oswald Mosley (standing for Labour), which the future Conservative leader won by 77 votes.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Potentially the Blair Cabinet's stormiest petrel, Clare Short - in the marginal post of International Development Secretary - is the least conventional of Labour's senior women politicians, with two frontbench resignations in Opposition, and occasional off-message utterances as a Cabinet minister, such as her call to close the Dome. She has also never voted for the winner in any Labour leadership or deputy leadership election. But on a long leash from Tony Blair, she has repaid his tolerance by loyally backing the bombing of Kosovo and Belgrade, and took on the hard left by defending before a party conference the blocking of Liz Davies as a Labour candidate, so inviting the accusation of being an authoritarian careerist. Big, strapping, emotional and abrasive, she was Birmingham-born in 1946, into a big Irish republican family, educated at St Paul's (RC) Girls' Grammar School, Keele and Leeds Universities, and was reunited in 1996 with her now grown up Conservative-voting son, who had been given up for adoption as a baby.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.19% 14.99% 1.29
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.12% 2.13% 5.42
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.10% 4.43% 2.32
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.01% 7.27% 0.17
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.00% 2.56% 78.08
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.06% 2.04% 2.76
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.02% 3.94% 152.66
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.27% 13.04% 2.10
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 1.33% 12.70% 10.48
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.17% 8.14% 2.10
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.68% 4.02% 66.64
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.15% 3.19% 4.85
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 23.49% 11.31% 207.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 14.20% 3.06% 463.62
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 10.73% 2.52% 425.95
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 38.21% 2.10% 1,819.61
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.26% 0.06% 409.55
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 19.71% 9.41% 209.34
5-10K 25.17% 16.63% 151.35
10-15K 19.27% 16.58% 116.25
15-20K 12.62% 13.58% 92.88
20-25K 7.95% 10.39% 76.50
25-30K 5.02% 7.77% 64.54
30-35K 3.22% 5.79% 55.52
35-40K 2.10% 4.33% 48.54
40-45K 1.40% 3.27% 43.01
45-50K 0.96% 2.48% 38.54
50-55K 0.66% 1.90% 34.86
55-60K 0.47% 1.47% 31.80
60-65K 0.34% 1.15% 29.22
65-70K 0.24% 0.91% 27.01
70-75K 0.18% 0.72% 25.10
75-80K 0.13% 0.57% 23.44
80-85K 0.10% 0.46% 21.98
85-90K 0.08% 0.37% 20.69
90-95K 0.06% 0.31% 19.54
95-100K 0.05% 0.25% 18.51
100K + 0.19% 1.34% 14.13

Local Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Ladywood - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Birmingham, Ladywood - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (2.68%)
Conservative (-  7.10%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.25%)
Liberal Democrat (0.26%)
Conservative (-  2.03%) Labour (-  5.20%)
Con - 7.10%
Lab 2.68%
LD - 0.25%
Con - 2.03%
Lab - 5.20%
LD 0.26%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Clare Short
Labour hold
Con Conservative (11.28%) 3,551 11.28%
Lab Labour (68.89%) 21,694 68.89%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.21%) 2,586 8.21%
Oth Other (11.63%) 3,662 11.63%
Maj Majority (57.61%) 18,143 57.61%
Turn Turnout (44.29%) 31,493 44.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Clare Short
Labour hold
P James Caffery 392 1.24%
LD Mahmood Chaudhry 2,586 8.21%
PJP Allah Ditta 2,112 6.71%
Muslim Mahmood Hussain 432 1.37%
UK Anneliese Nattrass 283 0.90%
C Benjamin Prentice 3,551 11.28%
L Clare Short 21,694 68.89%
SL Surinder Virdee 443 1.41%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Clair Short
Labour
Con Conservative (13.30%) 5,052 13.30%
Lab Labour (74.08%) 28,134 74.08%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.95%) 3,020 7.95%
Ref Referendum (2.86%) 1,086 2.86%
Oth Other (1.80%) 685 1.80%
Maj Majority (60.78%) 23,082 60.78%
Turn Turnout (54.24%) 37,977 54.24%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (20.40%) 8,596 20.40%
Lab Labour (71.40%) 30,065 71.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.20%) 3,447 8.20%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (51.00%) 21,469 51.00%
Turn Turnout (58.53%) 42,108 58.53%

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